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India Successfully Lifting Countless Millions Out Of Poverty, Says US President Trump At UN

| September 26 , 2018 , 12:13 IST

US President Donald Trump has had differences of opinion with many world leaders but has always professed his love for India and described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a good friend.

Addressing world leaders on Tuesday at the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, US President Trump hailed India's efforts in removing poverty. 

“There is India, a free society (of) over a billion people, successfully lifting countless millions out of poverty and into the middle class,” Trump said.

His statements came soon after the 2018 global Multidimensional Poverty Index which revealed that India has made giant strides in reducing multidimensional poverty, bringing down its poverty rate from 55 percent to 28 percent in 10 years.

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As per estimates by the UN Development Programme and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, more than 271 million people have been brought out of poverty from 2005-06 to 2015-16

While praising India, the US President condemned China for its 'market distortions' and trade imbalance, which recently led to the US imposing tariffs on $200 billion worth of imports from China.  

"I have great respect and affection for my friend, President Xi (Jinping), but I have made clear our trade imbalance is just not acceptable. China's market distortions and the way they deal cannot be tolerated," Trump said.

The US President also spoke out against Iran, upon which the US has imposed sanctions after Trump withdrew the US from the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal.

"Tehran's leadership sows chaos, death and destruction. We ask all nations to isolate Iran's regime as long as its aggression continues," Trump said.

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"US has launched an economic pressure campaign to deny Iran the money it needs to advance a bloody agenda of havoc and slaughter in Syria and Yemen," he said.

President Trump also spoke on the reductions in foreign aid, after the US earlier this year cancelled aid to Pakistan, demanding that Pakistan take action against safe havens for terrorists on its soil.

"Moving forward, we are only going to give foreign aid to those who respect us and frankly are our friends," Trump said.

"We will examine what is working, what is not working, and whether the countries who receive our dollars and our protection also have our interests at heart," US President Trump said.